Patagonia - Chile

Magic Waters

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Trip Overview

Trout anglers are ponderous—we’ve heard the stories about the “good old days,” when our home waters were still secret fishing spots and when fabled rivers like the Madison or the Roaring Fork were still “frontier” fisheries. Today, as we count the drift boats on the Green or the cars in the parking lot at Last Chance on the Henry’s Fork, it’s hard to imagine how things must have been “back then.”

Yes, it’s a hemisphere away, but Chilean Patagonia gives us the chance to travel back in time, when the fly fishing stories told in the pages of Field & Stream and Outdoor Life read like epic adventures on the fringes of civilization, and we yearned to be a part of them. Here, along the spine of the Andes in the far reaches of South America, the good old days are now, and the fishing is what it might have been like in those blustery tales of angling exploration. In fact, it might even be better.

Most anglers visiting Magic Waters Lodge in the famed Coyhaique region of Chile will find the fishing refreshingly unfamiliar — there’s no need for light tippets, minuscule nymphs or super-long leaders. Instead, big dry flies are the norm on the spring creeks and the freestoners of the region, and bulky streamers pull big trout from undercut banks and out from under complex river structure. And, you just might catch your trout of a lifetime.


As we are currently discussing the best opportunities for our guests to come down to Patagonia with us, please CONTACT US for more details at the shop so we run through available dates for 2024 and 2025!

Hosted Trip Dates 2024:
October 26 to November 2nd - 12 spots available - CONTACT US

Open Dates 2024:
November 9-16: 12 spots
November 16-23: 6 spots
December 28 - January 4: 10 spots

Open Dates 2025:
March 1-8: 6 spots
March 15-22: 14 spots
April 5-12: 8 spots
April 19-26: 10 spots


We have all of the logistics covered. Our goal is to create an unforgettable experience where you don't have to worry. We spend our time hammering out the details so that you don't waste your time!


Magic Waters Lodge sits in the heart of the Andes on the shores of a small, idyllic Patagonian lake. It has all the charm of a traditional fishing lodge, but with a unique Chilean appeal. A large and comfortable dining area and an airy great room open out onto a huge deck overlooking the lake. A nicely stocked bar sports a pool table and comfortable furniture. The lodge’s giant fireplace always seems to have a blaze burning, and there’s room to wander — the lodge even has a dedicated fly-tying station. Spacious and airy guest rooms — which share the same view of the lake and the mountains — are plush and homey. Comfortable beds are topped with luxurious down comforters; and each room features a large, modern bathroom with walk-in showers.

Gear List

Down here we are mainly using 5wt, 6wt, and 7wt rods depending on the location in Patagonia you choose. Please CONTACT US for more details at the shop so we can get you outfitted for an amazing trip!


• Sunscreen
• Pliers with cutter
• Polarized sunglasses (we recommend Smith’s low light ignitor lens)
• Small waterproof pack for wading
• Reusable bottle for water
• Wading boots
• Waders
• Breathable rain gear
• Layered clothing